The 2nd Annual Queens World Film Festival returns to its namesake borough, running from Thursday March 1 through Sunday, March 4, with the first block of films screening at the Museum of the Moving Image.
This year the festival will roll out into three venues with four screens and 127 challenging films from around the world and around the corner.
The festival is programmed into "blocks" of like minded films that will make it easy for folks to seek out those films that interest them.
According to the festival's founder, Katha Cato, the second year of the film fest comes with higher expectations.
One more venue has been added this year, - the Museum of the Moving Image - and it's what she calls a "growth step."
"We are still surrounded by good people with our Friends of the Festival group that meets regularly to work on the festival and we have good support from the community.," she said. "It just feels bigger this year."
For those who missed last year's festival, Cato notes that this year, and every year, audiences can always look forward to eclectic and challenging films from the festival.
"They can also look forward to meeting many filmmakers from around the world, but I think people will be very surprised by the caliber of filmmakers who live right here in Queens," she said. "Almost every block of films will have a Q and A following so that folks can speak to the filmmakers. I think the range of special events is also something new that gives added value to a Queens event."
The festival evolved out of 2010's Queens International Film Festival, which found itself thriving despite the arrest of founder, Maria Castaldo, for animal abuse.
Katha and Don Cato, revamped the film festival in 2011, giving it a new name, keeping the same old traditions and bringing in the best the world has to offer.
QWFF Highlights include:
March 1 - Thursday Night, 6-9pm at Museum of the Moving Image
Opening Night: QWFF honors Council Member Daniel Dromm AND Lloyd Kaufman - Founder and CEO of the Legendary Troma Entertainment along with films that best represent the festival including a world premiere of an LGBT film that will break your heart and a stop action animation that captures an unlikely friendship.
March 2 - Friday Night, 6:30pm at the Jackson Triplex
"Occupy THIS!!!" A BLOCK of films clearly stating that 'We the People' are fed up! The films include a banned film from Iran and Kevin Breslin's new documentary #whilewewatch which is focused on the Occupy Wall Street movement.
March 2 - Friday Night, 10:30pm at the Jackson Triplex
Mr. Bricks, NY Premiere of Troma's new Heavy Metal Murder Musical: Brutality is back and it's name is Mr. Bricks!!!
March 3 - Saturday, 10 am at the Renaissance Charter School
DIY Financing and Crowd Sourcing an industry panel with Mathew Lessner who directed THE WOODS, the first Kickstarter film to premiere at Sundance.
March 3 - Saturday, 11:30 am at the Renaissance Charter School
"Old SPICE: Films for our more Seasoned Audiences": Hosted by Marlyn Mason (The Trouble with Girls and over 80 episodic TV shows from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90's.) and sponsored by Council Member Dromm, State Senator Jose Peralta, Assembly Member Francisco Moya, Assembly Member Michael DenDekker, City Council Member Julissa Ferreras.
March 4 - Sunday, 8:00 pm at PS 69
Dinner and a Movie Special with Armondo's Italian Restaurant (a tremendous deal) and of course scores of great films.
Cato notes that it feels exciting to be in the 2nd year, but with "lots and lots of pressure."
"We are thrilled to be in this position and we know that Queens deserves a wonderful festival," she said. “People from all over the world land in or drive through our borough and we have a huge film-loving audience here. We want Queens to be a destination for fellow film lovers.”
For more information, visit Queensworldfilmfestival.com or follow the festival on Twitter, @queensworldfilm.